ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC Review

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ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC ReviewWhen we first took a look at the ASRock Vision 3D 137B with NVIDIA 3DTV Play last year, we were quite impressed with the machine. It offered excellent all-around performance for a system in its class and had an extensive feature set that included Blu-Ray and 3D video playback capabilities, all wrapped up in what we considered to be an attractive enclosure. So, when ASRock came to us with an updated model outfitted with a newer CPU, GPU, and other components, we were eager to check it out.

Once it arrived we were pleased to see ASRock hadn’t messed around with the system’s aesthetics and after prepping it with an OS and various other apps, the system took residence in our home theater setup for some real-world testing. Since its arrival, the ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC we’ll be showing you here today has been our primary playback device for Blu-Ray discs—including 3D titles—, DVDs, a host of videos and movies stored on a multi-terabyte NAS array, and for streaming content from the web...

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This would make a great client for use with Plex!

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Aug 1 2012 11:31 PM

True that camberry I have been thinking about building one myself as well but have not taken that dive as of yet this may actually be relative as well for the duty.

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LBowen replied on Fri, Aug 3 2012 3:10 PM

ASRock already had me as a believer; I have one of their X79 boards and it performs very well. This article just makes me want a small form factor so much more for portable LAN gaming, HD movies on the go, etc.

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InsideSin replied on Sat, Aug 4 2012 10:03 AM

So essentially this is a Mac Mini for Windows?

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Marco C replied on Sun, Aug 5 2012 11:02 AM

I guess you could say that if a Mac Mini was easily user-serviceable, had a Blue-Ray drive, media center remote, discrete GPU with 3D TV capabilities, 8GB of RAM, a big, 7200RPM HD, USB 3.0 and a multi-format card reader.

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While it's true that the product's pricetag isn't unreasonable considering the cost to build something similar, I think that a large part of the customer segment that would be interested in an HTPC solution is equally interested in building it homegrown.

Nevertheless, I welcome HTPC efforts like these as each one continues to push us further towards the promise of a digital living room.

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KAdair replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 2:44 AM

I do alot of streaming so Ill pass on htpc's. Tv's now-a-days come with usb video support and dont forget about smart tv's with built in netflix youtube and facbeook. Obviously a smart tv has no comparison to a htpc but for most users I'm sure they will resort to a desktop or laptop PC.

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JOMA replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 7:17 AM

That thing is brilliant, would make an awesome HTPC. Seems like a great option for people who don't want to mess with creating their own.

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realneil replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 10:18 AM

Marco C:

I guess you could say that if a Mac Mini was easily user-serviceable, had a Blue-Ray drive, media center remote, discrete GPU with 3D TV capabilities, 8GB of RAM, a big, 7200RPM HD, USB 3.0 and a multi-format card reader.

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realneil replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 10:23 AM

It is a very impressive little box. They're giving Zotac a real run for the money.

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